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Following An Uproar Over Privacy, Microsoft Now Says The Next Xbox’s Kinect Motion Sensor Won’t Need To Be On For The Console To Work (MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/xbox-one-works-with-kinect-unplugged-2013-8

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Microsoft’s new video game console, the Xbox One, will not require users to keep the Kinect sensor plugged in for the system to work.

The news comes out of a Q&A session with the Xbox One’s chief product officer Marc Whitten on video game news site IGN. Whitten said:

…like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor.

When Microsoft first announced the Xbox One in May, it said the Kinect, which includes cameras and microphones that are always on and listening for commands, needed to be plugged in and switched on in order for the console to work. However, users would still have the option to disable the Kinect in the console’s settings menu.

But Microsoft still said the Kinect sensor had to be plugged in for the console to work, even if it was disabled, fueling concerns that the device could be used to spy into people’s living rooms. It now appears Microsoft has changed its mind and will allow you to use the Xbox One if the Kinect is unplugged from the console.

This isn’t the first 180 Microsoft has made since announcing the Xbox One. Originally, Microsoft said the console required an Internet connection to work in order to check whether or not users were playing pirated games. Microsoft also said it would allow game publishers to essentially “lock” a purchased game to one Xbox, making it difficult to trade in or buy used games. After a huge user backlash, Microsoft reversed both policies.

 

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Monday, August 12th, 2013 news No Comments

Street View Hits Mars With This 4-Gigapixel Panoramic

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5992799/street-view-hits-mars-with-this-4+gigapixel-panoramic

Street View Hits Mars With This 4-Gigapixel Panoramic There’s been no shortage of Mars pictures since Curiosity landed. We’ve got Martian mountains, rover selfies, the works. But thanks to a little image stitching by a clever dude back here on Earth, now we have Mars Street View, kind of.

Photographer Andrew Bodrov took a whopping 407 of the pictures Curiosity took with its narrow and medium http://gizmodo.com/5992799/street-view-hits-mars-with-this-4+gigapixel-panoramic?preview=true cameras and hooked them together to make a four gigapixel, 360 Mars-globe, the likes of which you’d expect from a Martian Street View UFO.

What’s even wilder is that the seemingly seamless scene wasn’t actually taken all at once or even close to it; the pictures that make it up were taken over a series 13, monotonus Martian days, which are just about a half hour longer than our own. If you thought you wanted to go to Mars, maybe this will help you cool your jets a bit. Ain’t much more to see in person. [Andrew Bodrov via PetaPixel]

Mars Gigapixel Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149 in The World

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5932148/the-iphone-is-literally-four-times-as-powerful-as-the-curiosity-rover

The iPhone Is Literally Four Times as Powerful as the Curiosity Rover Last night NASA landed on Mars. An amazing feat! But guess what? The Curiosity rover’s on-board computer is a pretty low-power system. In fact, the iPhone 4S is four times more powerful. Check out the specs below.
The iPhone Is Literally Four Times as Powerful as the Curiosity Rover

Surprised? Don’t be. NASA knows what it’s doing. It has just enough to do everything it needs. And that includes 17 cameras. [@mikko]

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Monday, August 6th, 2012 news No Comments

I Don’t Think I Want Polaroid’s Android Point And Shoot Camera Yet [Cameras]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5875014/i-dont-think-i-want-polaroids-android-point-and-shoot-camera-yet

I Don't Think I Want Polaroid's Android Point And Shoot Camera YetPolaroid is trying to stay relevant in the digital age with a camera that’s an Android mashup with a 3x optical zoom, 720p video, a 16 MB sensor and, well, a lot of head scratch.

The Android OS that powers the phone does have interesting capabilities—you’ll be able to edit photos on the fly, for example. And while it’s got WiFi and Bluetooth, there’s no always-on Internet connection, which makes it a little puzzling to me, as it’s not meant to replace your phone, and I’m not sure a 3x optical zoom is worth carrying two devices for, given how fantastic some of today’s phone cam capabilities are.

I Don't Think I Want Polaroid's Android Point And Shoot Camera YetBut. There was one really interesting thing about this camera that I’d love to see Polaroid is in talks with carriers to add data capabilities. It doesn’t have any yet, so this was really vague. But it’s likely going to have some sort of 3G capabilities at launch. I’d love to see that happen, and I’d love to see it get a speaker (right now while it has a microphone, it does not have a speaker). Combine data, a great camera, and Android and you’ve got a pretty great little go-anywhere VOIP phone that won’t force you to lock in a monthly minutes plan.

In any case, this thing will be out in the Fall, maybe with a data plan. No pricing. Could be interesting. Could be very much not so.


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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 news No Comments

The Days of Single Purpose Devices Are Numbered – Digital Cameras vs Cameraphones

With the proliferation of smartphones like the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and android devices, users now have digital cameras with them at all times. These digital cameras shoot 5 megapixel – 8 MP still shots and 720p or even 1080i HD video. Furthermore, their built in GPS automatically attaches geolocation information to images and videos.
As can be seen in the charts published by Flickr below, the Apple iPhone 4 has already shot past other major cameras from Nikon and Canon to be the most popular overall camera in the Flickr Community. With additional more detailed data, the Apple iPhone 4 (both 4 and 4S) has an average daily users count of 5,798 while the 2 most popular Canon point and shoot cameras (S95 and SD1100S) have a combined average daily users count of 980.  The iPhone has about 5x the activity.
Flickr Most Popular Cameras List – November 28, 2011.
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U.S. Smartphone Penetration

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 news No Comments

The Best Days of the Week to Buy Big-Ticket Items Online [Buying]

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5855776/the-best-days-of-the-week-to-buy-big+ticket-items-online

The Best Days of the Week to Buy Big-Ticket Items OnlineWe’ve looked at the best times to buy throughout the year, but when shopping online prices tend to fluctuate on a day-to-day basis. Discounts, deals, and price-comparison site Extrabux calculated the statistics and figured out when certain items are cheaper during the week.

Computers are cheapest on Mondays because manufacturers apply their rebates early in the week. This means online retailers can purchase computers for less and pass the savings on to you. This is not the case with every manufacturer, but Dell and Sony are among the companies that do this with their computers.

Mondays are also cheap days for TVs (and Tuesdays aren’t bad either) not only because of the same rebate situation, but because big sales days tend to be earlier in the week. This gives retailers an opportunity to draw more buyers in, and lower prices are a good way to do that. Cameras and video games also benefit from lower prices earlier in the week for the same reasons.

Major appliances tend to be cheapest on Sundays because that’s when the majority of people are searching for them. Washers, dryers, ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, and more are all Googled like crazy at the end of the week, so online retailers adjust their prices to draw people in.

Jewelry prices drop down on Wednesdays because that’s when searches take place as well. Apparently women tend to shop online most often in the middle of the week, and since women are the target market for most jewelry we see price drops to help attract buyers.

Books are at their lowest on Saturdays, although there isn’t a solid reason why. Perhaps people read more on Saturdays, or at least thing they should be reading more when the weekend finally rolls around.

For more information on why these prices fluctuate online on certain days, plus lots of pretty graphs, check out the full post over on Extrabux.

The Cheapest Days of the Week to Shop Online | Extrabux Blog


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Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 news No Comments

Sony’s New Point-and-Shoot Press Shots, Brought To You By a Canon Camera

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5582621/sonys-new-point+and+shoot-press-shots-brought-to-you-by-a-canon-camera

Sony's New Point-and-Shoot Press Shots, Brought To You By a Canon CameraLook at this pleasant tableau: two square-jawed gentlemen and one of their attractive lady friends enjoying a brand new Sony point-and-shoot. And so beautifully photographed! (By a Canon 5D Mark II.)

OK, ok, it’s not that damning—did anyone really think that companies exclusively used their own products?—but it’s hard not to be amused by this little bit of EXIF sleuthing that popped up over at Photography Bay. Basically, all the shots Sony sent out this morning of handsome people enjoying their new Cyber-shot cameras were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II.

Sony's New Point-and-Shoot Press Shots, Brought To You By a Canon Camera

The takeaway here? Life looks pretty swell when you’re using a Sony camera. Especially when someone’s shooting you using that camera with a much more expensive Canon camera. [Photography Bay]

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